Film Review: The Hangover Part III

| 23 May , 2013 | Reply

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Directed by: Todd Phillips
Starring: Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms, Zach Galifinakis, Ken Jeong, Justin Bartha
Sassi’s Star Rating: 3/5

It’s the finale that everyone has been waiting for. One of the most hyped releases of the year after Daft Punk’s Random Access Memories is the final instalment of the much loved Hangover series, The Hangover Part III.

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This time it’s not a wedding that the boys are celebrating but another rite of passage, the sudden death of Alan’s father Sid (Jeffrey Tambor). After an unfortunate road trip to a care facility in Arizona (which is best not left explained) the wolf pack find themselves amid chaos again when the ghosts of Las Vegas past come back to bite them, hard.

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In a series of unfortunate events spurred by the that fateful night in Vegas when Alan (Zach Galifinakis) slipped Rohypnol into his friends drinks; the wolf pack fall at the mercy of big time crim Marshall (John Goodman), who tasks them with tracking down Mr Chow (Ken Jeong) who was last seen escaping a Thai prison. If you’ve seen the first two movies you can imagine the type of events that unfold next.

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Watching The Hangover Part III inspires a sense of déjà vu, almost as if you are watching the same movie for the third time. It’s true that Phillips seems to be an advocate of the mantra ‘if it ain’t broke don’t fix it’. You aren’t going to see any of the freshness that made the first Hangover an instant classic,  but its hard to go terribly wrong with the same tried and true formula that has already found box office success twice before. It’s just a shame that it’s the exact same formula.

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To give a nice sense of closure old favourites like Jade (Heather Graeme) and Black Doug (Mike Epps) make brief, but funny, appearances. Comedy ‘It’ girl of the moment Melissa McCarthy also garnered the audiences attention as pawn store owner Cassie.

If you’re keen for a few laughs get together a group of your friends and catch a screening of The Hangover Part III. There’s no doubt that you’ll have a better night than the wolf pack do anytime they try and get together anyway.

The Hangover Part III is in cinemas now.

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